Mallorca shock Valencia
Valencia suffered their second consecutive league defeat after visitors' Mallorca edged them out 2-1 to claim their first away win of the season. The home side, who were top of La Liga table just one week ago, are now four points adrift of new leaders Real Madrid after eight rounds of matches.
Gonzalo Castro gave the islanders the lead from the penalty spot after seven minutes and then added a second before the half hour-mark to give Michael Laudrup's side an unexpected 2-0 lead. Roberto Soldado responded with a penalty after 35 minutes but Mallorca remained in control and could have won by a greater margin in the end.
Laudrup's side had picked up their only two league wins prior to this match at home, but came into this game on the back of a disappointing defeat to Espanyol last weekend. Valencia had also lost against Catalan opposition, meaning both sides were eager to return to winning ways in this match.
Mallorca went ahead after the referee awarded a penalty for a foul on Pierre Webo. Castro converted, although he was lucky to do so because his kick was weak and straight down the middle. Castro headed a second goal in after 27 minutes. Valencia regrouped and Soldado narrowed the deficit from the spot, but the visitors continued to look the better side and Castro missed two excellent chances to bag his hat-trick later on. Mallorca climb to eighth, while Valencia remain in fourth.